Evacuees in Tallahassee shelters hunker down for Irma

Evacuees in Tallahassee shelters hunker down for Irma
Evacuees in Tallahassee shelters hunker down for Irma
Posted at 10:31 PM, Sep 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-10 21:01:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - It's all hands on deck in Leon County as officials work to deal with the impact Hurricane Irma is already having.

Emergency crews, deputies, and shelter volunteers are in the early stages of what's going to be a very long night.

Hundreds of people are staying shelters like this one here, trying to stay safe.

Everyone is sleeping inside the gym at Leon High right now so we don't want to disturb them but say hi to these wonderful volunteers-- they're going to be here all night making sure everyone inside is safe and comfortable.

This is made possible by county as volunteers and more than a hundred people working behind the scenes at the Leon County's Public Safety complex.

Up until now they've been working on coordinating all the logistics involved with putting the shelters together, including donations volunteers and keeping track of how many people are being sheltered.

Now that everything's in place, it's all about waiting to see what happens next.

"Once Irma passes then we can start to take the actions we need to take to go out and assess the damage, figure out what happened, start the process of restoration," said Kevin Peters, the Leon County emergency management director.

As far as shelters go, there are currently 10 for the general population in Leon County with nearly 3000 people being shelter tonight-- but now that the curfew is in place, everyone at home should stay in place until at least tomorrow morning.